The Hill’s 50 races to watch: Page 48 of 50


Georgia 12th District

John Barrow (D) vs Lee Anderson (R)

As a Blue Dog Democrat who survived the 2010 Republican wave, Rep. John Barrow (Ga.) is one of a rare species. And, like two years ago, keeping his seat in 2012 will mean distancing himself from President Obama, who lost this district handily in 2008. 

Republican challenger Lee Anderson, a state representative, has other ideas. His campaign is trying to link Barrow to Obama at every turn, even refusing a public debate until Barrow explains his support for the president — something the four-term Democrat says he’d do during a debate, but not before.

Much of the contest has focused on deficits and government spending, with Anderson characterizing Barrow as a “tax-and-spend” Washington insider. Barrow counters that his voting record — including opposition to the Wall Street bailout and Obama’s healthcare law — proves otherwise.

Redistricting has hurt Barrow, who has to convince unfamiliar voters that the “D” behind his name is not scarlet. 

The Hill rates this race as leaning Republican.


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